Indiana Lawmakers Approve New Budget

The Indiana General Assembly has avoided a government shutdown and approved a new two-year budget. Democrats and Republican had been at odds over their respective budget proposals, mainly over the amount of funding for public schools. The Democratic-led House voted 62-37 for the bill; the vote in the GOP-led Senate was 34-16. Democratic Senator Jean […]

Daniels Visits New Albany To Tout Budget Proposal

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels visited New Albany Thursday to drum up support for a new state budget proposal crafted by the Republican-led Senate. Daniels  (pictured at right)  says a one-year budget plan passed by the Democratic-controlled House would deplete the state’s reserve fund and force a tax hike; Democrats contend that, among other things, the two-year […]

Indiana Budget Talks Underway

A conference committee of Indiana House and Senate lawmakers has begun budget negotiations as a June 30 deadline approaches to enact a new spending plan. The talks began Wednesday morning during a public meeting that included testimony from some university presidents. Their appearance was orchestrated by House Democrats who say they’re being pressured to accept […]

Special Session Winding Down In Frankfort

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The special session of the Kentucky General Assembly is expected to wrap up today in Frankfort. House and Senate conferees have reached agreement on a budget reduction plan and a financing mechanism for major bridge projects. Senate President David Williams says they’re also very close to agreement on the […]

Budget Talks Underway In Frankfort

A conference committee of Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers has begun negotiations on their respective plans to balance the state budget and other issue on the call of a special legislative session. The talks come a day after a Senate committee rejected a bill that would allow slots at horse tracks to aid the racing […]

Indiana Senate Passes 'Fail-Safe" Budget Bill

The Indiana Senate has approved a so-called ‘fail-safe’ bill that would keep state government operating at current levels if the legislature can’t agree on a budget by June 30. Senate President pro tem David Long says the measure would simply prevent a government shutdown in the event lawmakers are unable to meet the budget deadline. […]

Beshear Calls Lawmakers Into Special Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky lawmakers will be returning to Frankfort on June 15th for a special session on the budget. Governor Beshear is calling the session to address an almost $1 billion state revenue shortfall. Beshear’s budget-balancing plan recommends two-point-six percent funding cuts to most state agencies, with some key exceptions. “This […]

Daniels Calls June 11 Special Session

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says a special legislative session to approve a state budget will begin on Thursday, June 11. Lawmakers were unable to approve a spending plan as time ran out on the regular legislative session in April. Daniels told the bi-partisan State Budget Committee Tuesday that the start date should give the legislature […]